A new road designed to improve the flow of traffic in and around Aylesford has been officially opened.
The £8m road linking Station Road and Bellingham Way, has been delivered by Panattoni as part of its £180m redevelopment of the former Aylesford Newsprint site. Creating more than 1 million sq ft of high quality logistics and distribution space, the site near Junction 4 of the M20 in Kent is the South East flagship development of Panattoni, the largest logistics real estate company in the UK and Europe.
The road was jointly opened with a cutting of a ribbon by Cllr Roger Gough, Leader of Kent County Council; Cllr Matt Boughton, Leader of Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, and Tony Watkins, Panattoni’s Head of Development for South East and London.
Tony Watkins said: “It’s great to be able to deliver on a key part of our promise to the local community. This new road has been designed to relieve congestion on the local road network and enable the site to support high quality businesses and the people they will employ.”
As a result of the new road, all non-HGV traffic destined for Panattoni Park Aylesford or New Hythe Business Park can now access them via junctions 4, 5 and 6 on the M20, via Bellingham Way and Station Road.
KCC Leader Roger Gough, added: “This investment in new infrastructure shows why it is so important to attract positive investment from market leaders such as Panattoni.
“The timely provision of the new link assists with local connectivity, complementing the area’s highway network, and has enabled the redevelopment of the vacant Aylesford Newsprint site, creating thousands of new jobs. We look forward to supporting Panattoni’s continued investment in Kent and see this as a great vote of confidence in the importance of the county’s economy.”
Thanks to its location, the site called Panattoni Park Aylesford, is now home to Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer; DHL, the global logistics company; Evri, the UK’s biggest dedicated parcel delivery company; Fowler Welch, the temperature-controlled logistics company, and Marley, a UK leader in the manufacture and supply of pitched roof systems to the construction market. Planning permission has also recently been granted for the development of 630,000 sq ft to be constructed on the site. The only remaining space is Plot 6A which offers the design and build of a further 16,500 sq ft of space for another logistics industry business.
Cllr Matt Boughton, said: “Since first unveiling its plans in 2020, the team at Panattoni have been true to their word and transformed this derelict 90-acre site. They must be congratulated for delivering a really high quality home for world-class businesses offering a wide range of modern jobs here in Tonbridge and Malling.”
As part of an agreement with Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council during the planning process, Panattoni will support the refurbishment of the Aylesford and New Hythe railway stations. It will also extend the provision of local bus services in the area, and put new cycle paths and footpaths in place.
The existing buildings on the site have been built to achieve high environmental performance. DHL’s building is a net zero carbon facility with a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ and an EPC rating of ‘A+’ to support its last-mile facility serving the South East. The 97,891 sq ft building taken by Fowler Welch incorporates a 1.5MVA photovoltaic array covering the roof; a bespoke car park canopy; and cycle shelter. The peak electrical output from the solar panels is equal to the incoming supply, which means the Fowler Welch facility will be able to operate fully from the power generated onsite.
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